Using REBORN as its brand, Centre for Responsible Borneo (CRB) was developed on 22 February 2022 in response to tourism rebuild in Sarawak as well as global tourism recovery in the wake of COVID-19. At its core, CRB focuses on the importance, urgency and significance of responsibility in ensuring sustainable development from economic, socio-cultural and environmental aspects. The vision of the Centre is:

"To become a Sarawak leading and internationally recognized praxis body that realizes research, knowledge and innovation for the betterment of the society."

- The Vision of the Centre


  1. To establish networking and strategic alliance with public and private sectors, nationally and internationally, to promote responsible management and sustainable practices; 

  2. To provide consultancy services to the public and private sectors through collaboration and partnership;

  3. To advance knowledge through research, scholarship and publication as well as develop innovative approaches for a better solution;

  4. To provide a wide range of training programs and development opportunities for researchers, practitioners and younger generation;

  5. To conduct forums, seminars and conferences in partnership with academic institutions, governmental agencies and/or international bodies;

  6. To administer communal and capacity building programs to engage with and empower community members.



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Dr. Hiram Ting

Director, Centre for Responsible Borneo

Chairman, Sarawak Research Society

Ms. Mandy Chen

Secretary, Centre for Responsible Borneo

Youth Ambassador, Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Kuching

Mdm. Lily Lau

Administrative Executive, Centre for Responsible Borneo

Board Members

Mdm. Mukvinder Kaur Sandhu

Pro-Vice Chancellor, UCSI University Sarawak

Chairperson, Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Kuching

Dr. Yusman Yacob

Secretary, Sarawak Research Society

Senior Lecturer, University Teknologi MARA

Mdm. Rozita Nordin

Regional Marketing Manager, Emerald Publishing (East Asia)

Academic Members

Dr. Ivon Lim

Course Director (Postgraduate), School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak

Dr. Hii Puong Koh

Lecturer, UCSI University Sarawak

Dr. Lorna Liew

Lecturer, UCSI University Sarawak

Industry Members

Mr. Lucas Lim

Treasurer, Hwa Gong Bau Historical Society

Mr. Luqman Nulhakim

Senior Assistant Director, Pharmaceutical Services Division, Sarawak State Health Department

Ms. Julie Liaw

Auditor, Sarawak Amateur Radio Emergency Response (SARES) 

Secretary. Saberkas Cawangan Padungan

Executive Members

Mr. Nicholas Tiong

Project Manager, Centre for Responsible Borneo

Ms Andrea Le

Research and Event Committee, Sarawak Research Society

Mr. Reuben Rossell

Project Executive, Centre for Responsible Borneo

Mr. Leo Tang

Project Executive, Centre for Responsible Borneo

The Centre is established under the wing of Sarawak Research Society (SRS) and in partnership with UCSI University Sarawak Campus, Emerald Publishing (East Asia), Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Kuching and Southeast Asia Research Academy (SEARA). Apart from the Board Members who serve as strategic partners, the management team is made up by Academic Members, Industry Members and Executive Members. The Centre is led by Dr. Hiram Ting who is assisted by Ms. Mandy Chen and Mdm. Lily Lau. 

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Green and Gold Experiential Tourism in Bau

One of the pioneering projects under Sarawak Research Society under Responsible Borneo Initiatives, “Green and Gold Tourism Exploration in Bau Disitrict” focuses on community involvement and empowerment. Pilot studies were carried out in Taiton and Jalan Kuching-Bau and a series of dialogues were held with the community leaders and members. The purpose is to design experimental tours involving the host community and gather more inputs from tourism stakeholders before proposing responsible and experiential tourism packages in these areas and other destinations. 


SEARA is about creating a space for students, young academics and practitioners in Southeast Asia to network and learn from one another. With the slogan Research for Sustainable Impact, SEARA vision is to transform research into practice via networking and collaborative learning. Although the members are geographically apart and have diverse backgrounds, they stay connected using the present technology. SEARA is not about providing a series of webinars or an intensive program. Instead, it is about bringing different minds and resources together to build a connected community that will in turn make a positive impact on others.


Responsible Youth Leader (RYL) Program

Responsible Youth Leader (RYL) program 2021-2022 is an initiative of Sarawak Research Society with the support from Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts (MTCP) Sarawak, Southeast Asia Research Academy (SEARA), Emerald Publishing, Centre for Responsible Borneo (CRM). The program lasted for 12 weeks featuring 7 lectures, discussions, and group assignments with the participation of 27 youth leaders in Southeast Asian Region. The program achieves its purpose of creating an avenue for the youths to network, discuss on responsible tourism topics and apply it to their national contexts. 

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More details will be provided soon


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Secretary: Ms Mandy Chen
Mobile: +6014 287 1389

Centre for Responsible Borneo

Level 3, UCSI University Sarawak Campus

Lot 2976, Block 7, Muara Tebas Land District

Sejingkat, 93450, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia